Companies that provide security systems Bunbury and across the country are always developing and updating their products in order to ensure that their products are safe, with as few vulnerabilities as possible.
Vulnerabilities that can be exploited, as is the case with the Queensland Children’s Hospital, which had a fake doctor walking it halls for six months before being caught. The perpetrator, Nicholas Brett Delaney, stole credentials from the hospital, walking freely from May to December of 2017. The 25-year-old, who has mild intellectual impairment, was issued a $3,000 fine in January after he pled guilty for fraud, trespassing and committing an indictable offence.
The court was informed that Mr. Delaney had not attempted to treat patients in the hospital, instead seeking friends; interacting with staff and members of the public in the hospital’s public areas, like the front desk and the foyer.
This issue has led to the hospital opting for an overhaul of its security systems, a crackdown on swipe-card access, on top of having to replace the whole hospital’s CCTV network. According to the review of the hospital’s security system, acquired by sources via the right to information laws, noted that the hospital’s entire CCTV network and its 640 security cameras were set for replacement, because they were deemed unfit to the standards of security systems Bunbury and across the country; ill-fit for security.
The replacement has been ongoing following the issue, and Health Minister Steven Miles says that most of the cameras in the hospital have already been replaced, and the cost was covered by the company that managed the QCH’s construction back in 2013, but the hospital refused to reveal what the costs were.
QCH Executive Director Dominic Tait said that the network was safe, and that the replacement work had no impact on clinical care in the hospital.
The review identified a number of security risks, which include the risk of staff being trapped and assaulted in single-door access room, as well as the fact that swipe access cards in the hospital were not being regularly monitored. He does admit that security in the hospital could’ve been tighter, but reassured patients and parents that the hospital was safe.